It don't take 50 yrs to age one.
They look fake.
I won't pay more for fake age.
A fake aged guitar is not a vintage guitar, it is a phony vintage guitar.
Mojo can't be faked.
Fake is fake.
Pretending is pretence.
No one who knows is fooled by it.
Fake is fake.
Obviously I'm not a fan and my overstated opinion is more of a reaction to years of listening to silly justifications by fakers and pretenders and is only my opinion. Truth is they ain't forced on me and as long as there is a choice, what's the harm? It does feel good to poke the bear though.
Oh, I almost forgot, FAKE IS FAKE:hee:spabout
pix of 9 0910 with 9 0848 when I first met the original owner of that "played" burst in 1979. 9 0910 was very clean then ! View attachment 13755
If you want to see 9 0848, how it looks today: p 46-47 in Burst Believers IV and 9 0910 on page 32-33
Some original burst are naturally "beat up" by being played and still sound amazing today.
The back of the neck was more "trashed" than the 2021 relic and this, in 1979 !!! (the owner was playin' 3-4 nights a week in the 60's and 70's).
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I do think that some relic jobs make the guitars look like someone fished them out of a dumpster. Of course aesthetics, and how they are appreciated, differ, and to each his own.I just bought a Gibson Les Paul True Historic and I'm happy to be the one who'll age it as time goes. I'm not sure I understand the idea of buying a guitar massacred by someone else though :hmm
While I agree with you, since I began playing in the mid 1950's, I have owned some new Gibsons bought early on that I played every day for 29 years and they had no signs of any aging until you would look at the frets. It's just how I take care of my gear, and I used them all playing out live.I didn't get it either...till i fell for a Roadworn Mexican Telecaster. Its a great guitar and feels just right,so,i'm converted.
My R8's (2010 and 2011) aren't aged, and i like them as is.They are getting there,however.
My late 80's Lespauls are naturally aged,and feel great to me. That powerful bonding thing.
Still, with the right Lester,i could see how someone would fall for the aged thing, after my Tele experience.
An aged guitar can get you to that point that would normally take 20 - 30 years to get to,as i have with my older lesters.They are very nice players, and a joy to play.Some may not want to wait, or have another 20-30 years.:rofl
I agree with you and I would dare anyone to do a shootout A/B test of a Murphy lab R9 , with a new gloss R9 and never mind the hyperbole and such and compare TONE . I know one will not hear a difference because it's the same instrument built and FINISHED in the same way with the difference being the razor blade on the Murphy R9 . I know I am sounding harsh right ? I like that Gibson is giving the consumer more choices and that is a beautiful thing at the end of the day . Gibson is very smart and I applaud them for that because they are giving us more choices and who doesn't like that ?Folks buy them 'cause they like 'em. The rest is bs justification and delusional tripping. Like that look, fine. I can do without all the hyperbolic koolaid. All those vintage guitars looked new when they originaly sold. A new Reissue is just as good and all the phony wear and imitation doesn't make a better guitar, just the same new guitar with an expensive fake assed cosmetic simulated imitation vintage old guitar veneer. It's nothing more than a finish option.
100% with Big Al. I like my new Murphy Lab Les Paul; I think it looks cool, and mostly, I love the sound of it. I have to admit that when I'm playing, I don't see how it looks... I mainly look toward the fingerboard ! but I do hear how beautiful the tone is.Folks buy them 'cause they like 'em. The rest is bs justification and delusional tripping. Like that look, fine. I can do without all the hyperbolic koolaid. All those vintage guitars looked new when they originaly sold. A new Reissue is just as good and all the phony wear and imitation doesn't make a better guitar, just the same new guitar with an expensive fake assed cosmetic simulated imitation vintage old guitar veneer. It's nothing more than a finish option.